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Orange County Register, Jan. 28, 2021
UC schools more popular than ever for college hopefuls
UC Irvine reports receiving nearly 134,000 applications for the fall, also the most in the school’s history. Enrollment at the university this school year is more than 36,000. … UCI received applications from 107,939 freshmen hopefuls, an increase of more than 10,000 from 2020. It also has received 25,936 applications from transfer students, the second-largest number in the UC system. … Applicants to UCI have been rising consistently over several years; for the upcoming fall the university has 51% more applicants than it did for fall 2015. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Smithsonian, Jan. 29, 2021
Earth Loses 1.2 Trillion Tons of Ice Per Year, a Nearly 60% Increase From 1994
“It’s like cutting the feet off the glacier rather than melting the whole body,” Eric Rignot, a study co-author and a glacier researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California at Irvine, tells the Post. “You melt the feet and the body falls down, as opposed to melting the whole body.” Speaking with the Post, Rignot says the study’s results suggest current estimates of sea level rise’s progression may be overly conservative. “As we peer below we realize these feedbacks are kicking in faster than we thought,” he says.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 29, 2021
With Democrats in power, an emboldened environmental movement confronts them
When Joe Biden last month was mulling whom to name as his Interior secretary, entrusted with hundreds of millions of acres of public land, a network of nascent environmental groups eager for clout made a move that defied the usual Washington playbook. … The influence over Cabinet nominations by groups previously dismissed as small and disorganized was a “watershed moment,” said Michael Mendez, a UC Irvine assistant professor, urban planning & public policy, and author of a book about the environmental justice movement in California. “We have entered a new era.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Yahoo Finance (Bloomberg), Jan. 29, 2021
With Natural Gas in Peril, Pipeline Owners Look to Hydrogen
“We must investigate this for every single pipe we put hydrogen into,” said Jack Brouwer, director of the advanced power and energy program at the University of California, Irvine, “but it’s a phenomenon we can manage because it’s slow.” Problem pipes and compressors could be replaced over the course of years, he said. Or pipes could be protected with coatings applied from the inside by robotic devices called pigs that are currently used for pipeline inspection and maintenance.

Mashable, Jan. 28, 2021
Despite good news, you’re not feeling better. There’s a reason why.
Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at the University of California, Irvine, believes that people’s well-being today must be seen in the context of what transpired in the past year, regardless of whether they feel more hopeful with a new administration. “I definitely see the year 2020 as a time of cascading traumas that were almost too much to bear,” Silver said. “We do not know how bad things will get, nor when recovery can truly begin.”

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